Sustainability Week Event – TUESDAY, 16 September 2014

Pecha Kucha  20×20 Event

Event Description: Bored to death with standard powerpoint presentations – regardless of topic?  Ever heard of Pecha Kucha?  The Sustainability Week Team is bringing you 8 great speakers — Pecha Kucha style — who will be presenting on their environmental/sustainability topic of expertise or passion – BUT they’re only allowed 20 slides and 20 second per slide!  We’re packing A LOT of content into a one hour event with discussion and refreshments to follow.  Come to the newly opened Alexander Black House to find out more about these great topics: Invasive Species in Stadium Woods, Beekeeping, Building Your Own Home Compost Tumbler, Community Gardens, Solarize Blacksburg, Market Kids, Local Food Systems, and the Catawba Sustainability Center!


  • Steve Mouras: Honey Bees
  • Emily Schosid: Build Your Own R2D2 Composter
  • Rebekah Paulson: Stadium Woods
  • Josh Nease: Catawba Sustainability Center
  • Mo McGonagle: Market Kids
  • Jessica Schultz: Connecting People to Local Food
  • Dave Roper: Electric Vehicles Available in 2015
  • Carol Davis: Solarize Blacksburg

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Alexander Black House, Draper Road

Contact: Emily Schosid,, 540-231-7358

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SW Event – CORRECTION – TUESDAY, 16 September 2014


Tree Planting Service Project — VT Campus

Event Description: Rise and shine it’s tree plantin’ time!!  The National Arbor Day Foundation selected Virginia Tech for “Tree Campus USA” status in 2008 (the inaugural year of this program) and provided funds for the planting of 100 native trees.  Over the past 6 years the university has planted over 130 additional trees during Sustainability Week in the fall, and Earth Week during the spring.  Both of these events have directly contributed to the university receiving annual “Tree Campus USA” recertification.  Please join faculty, staff, and students from across campus in planting a dozen native trees.  We provide all the planting equipment.

Time:  1:30 to 3:30 pm

Location:  The Grove (President’s House). Meet in the roundabout driveway. Parking is available in the Smithfield parking lot.

Contact: Denny Cochrane,, 540-231-5184

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Sustainability Week Event – MONDAY, 15 September 2014

VT “Hoop House” Grand Opening

Event Description: Take a look at what Virginia Tech has been up to in the sustainable and local food arena!  “Farm & Fields”,  the sustainable food arm of VT dining services, has been building of a new Hoop House on Price’s Fork Road to extend the growing season for produce that serves VT dining facilities.  Come to the grand opening and learn how the hoop house provides enough cover to keep the ground and air warm enough to continue growing into the winter.  We’ve planted tomatoes and basil in the Hoop House this summer.  In the winter, we’ll use the Hoop House to grow salad greens for the VT Dining Units!

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Location: 1004 Old Mill Road Blacksburg, VA 24060

Directions: Take Prices Fork road away from campus, and then take a right on Old Mill Road at the intersection of the road leading to the new Blacksburg high school.  Take an immediate right through the gate, pass through the first parking lot, and park at the building at the end of the driveway.

Contact: Rial Tombes,, 540-231-1139

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Sustainability Week Event – SUNDAY, 14 September 2014

Glade Road Growing Farm Tours

Event Description:  Our farm is a small family–run operation here in the town limits of Blacksburg and across the street from Heritage Park.  We utilize several soil building techniques by using organic–matter mulches and promote biodiversity within and around our farm.  We also like to have a lot of fun and eat a lot of food, which is mostly why we’re in this business.  Since there is a lot of ground to cover, we divided the tour this year into sections- you are welcome to come to all of them.  JP will explain all about how he raises vegetables without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  The majority of his methods and tools are applicable to home gardeners. Sally and Ben will show you the chickens, ducks, turkeys and pigs they raise on the pasture land surrounding the garden.  They’ll talk about how their rearing methods make the animals unique along with the benefits and challenges of raising animals this way, from pasture to plate. After the tours we’ll talk question and answers to your farming heart’s content.  We love our farm and what we do some come see what it’s all about.  Wear intelligent shoes and dress for weather– tours are rain for shine.

Tour Schedules

2 pm – 3:30 pm: Garden walk with JP focusing on tools and techniques used to raise vegetables organically.

3:30 pm – 5 pm: Pastured poultry and pigs with Sally and Ben where we’ll see the animals and talk all about how we raise them.

5 pm – midnight: Q and A and post–tour farm chit chat.

Location:  Glade Road Growing, 2351 Glade Road, Blacksburg, VA  Directly across from Heritage Farm upper parking lot.  Note: Please carpool!  There is not much space for parking.  Bikers and walkers encouraged; we are only 3 miles from downtown Blacksburg.

Contact: Sally Walker,, 540-808-0672

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